This week welcomes a guest post from author Kim Baccellia.
Guest Post from the AuthorBUILDING A WRITING ROUTINE
As an educator, it’s been drilled into me to have schedules and goals. Even then, I’ve personally found that I need to have a plan whenever I start a new writing project. Otherwise, nothing gets done! Here’s some things that have worked for me.
- Write everyday
Well, I have a confession. I don’t write on the weekends. I do write during the weekdays though. One of my author friends shared something that works for her. Carry a spare notebook with you. Whenever you have a spare moment, pull that notebook out and write. It doesn’t have to be much, but it’s something. You can use a notes app on your cell phone too.
Make a small goal. Maybe write an hour. Or more. Start small and build from there.
- Have a writing space
My husband works from home which means it can be really hard to concentrate and write. I ended up taking over the guest room and made it into my writing office. I also write at the coffee house. I take ear bubs and listen to a Playlist I created for my book and write.
My favorite coffee house has to be Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf which just happens to have the most amazing ice tea lattes.
- Mapping out story
I happen to be a Plotter. I use a story map to plot out my stories. In my writing office, I have this huge whiteboard. I got this one at Costco. I have different color markers which I use for each different POV.
I think it’s important to read. I never understood those writers who say they don’t read. I read books that help with setting. I read for inspiration. I also read books outside my comfort zone. Right now I’m reading lots of romances and books that deal with WWII women resistance fighters.
- Early or late at night
- It’s okay to say ‘no’.
- Writer’s Block
This happens to the best of us! I totally believe in getting up and walking or doing some physical activity. For me, I power walk or go to a movie. Or to watch Netflix shows. It’s okay to take a break now and then. Some of my best writing came when I did this. And sometimes, I just write to get through it.
The big thing is to find out what works for you!
Check out my other guest posts and reviews this week over on: http://blogtours.yareads.com/2018/01/02/blog-tour-sign-ups-crossed-fire-book-2-crossed-series-kim-baccellia/